Elements Boutique Resort & Spa - Koh Samui, Thailand

$699 for a Five-Night Stay at Elements Boutique Resort & Spa on Koh Samui, Thailand (Up to $1,710 Value)

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Exotic Island Resort Steeped in Thai Culture

Little more than half a century ago, there wasn't a road or car to be found on the island of Koh Samui. The locals—mostly fishers and farmers—often had to navigate through miles of dense rainforests just to reach neighboring villages. Today, the island has paved roads and it's easy to get around, which has helped it to emerge as a popular resort spot. But Koh Samui still possesses a far-off feel; its beaches along the Gulf of Thailand have fine white sand and seem almost untouched. Minutes away from these exotic beaches you can find the Elements Boutique Resort & Spa, which honors Thai traditions while cultivating a more modern aesthetic.

With the water so close, it's only natural that a lot of the activity happens there, whether it's kayaking along the shore, snorkeling, or touring the gulf in a long-tail boat—a common watercraft in Thailand that is covered with a canopy and powered by an automotive engine. Bicycles are also available for rental, and it's pleasant to hike the nearby rainforest trails.

After a day out adventuring, stop by the onsite restaurant, Fai, which serves fresh-caught tiger prawns and lobster. Or, once a week, you can head to the beach at nightfall to savor barbecued meats and pineapple as local performers dance or spin fire sticks.

Back at the sea-view apartments, the decor has a tropical vibe—the walls are painted in vivid pink or mustard colors, there are wooden beds veiled with sheer white curtains, and walk-in safes hide your favorite coconuts. Head out to the private terrace, and you can lounge around and peer out to the sea. For further relaxation, head to the onsite spa, which offers Thai massages and holistic treatments that incorporate Tibetan crystals and reiki therapy.

Koh Samui, Thailand: Island Resort Town with Exotic Wildlife and Rich Buddhist Culture

Off Thailand's eastern shore, Koh Samui is set amid a cluster of islands in the temperate Gulf of Thailand. Its temperatures typically hover near a balmy 86 degrees Fahrenheit, thanks in part to tropical winds off the gulf that keep Koh Samui warm year-round. The warm climate and clear waters attract tourists to the island's many white sand beaches. If you want your experience to go beyond sunbathing, you can snorkel along vibrant coral reefs or go fishing.

Koh Samui has a longstanding Buddhist culture, and you can get a feel for the local traditions by paying a visit to some ornate temples in the area. Or take a short drive east to Tar Nim's Magic Garden, which was built by a local man when he was well into his seventies. These remote "secret" gardens can be tough to get to, but it's worth it to see the misty waterfall, tropical plants, and ornately carved Buddhist sculptures.

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What You Get

$699 for a five-night stay for two adults in a sea-view apartment; one kid 10 or younger stays free

  • Long-tail boat trip or half-day island tour
  • Thai massage for two
  • Dinner for two
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Daily fresh fruit
  • Daily use of fitness facilities

Book by: 6/15/12
Travel by: 4/9/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Thai restaurant onsite
  • Full-service holistic spa
  • Chlorine-free outdoor pool
  • Sauna and steam rooms
  • Daily à la carte breakfast
  • Bicycles available for use
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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 6/15/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 4/9/13
  • Not valid 12/22/12-1/8/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Subject to availability
  • 14-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Valid only for sea-view apartment
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $30 per day for each occupant 14 or older; $15 per day for occupants 11–13; no charge for occupants 10 or younger
  • Television
  • Access to DVD library

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 1 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $30 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or at check in for an additional cost.

What It's Worth

$699 for a five-night stay for two adults in a sea-view apartment; one kid 10 or younger stays free (up to a $1,205 value)

  • Long-tail boat trip or half-day island tour (a $110 value)
  • Thai massage for two (an $85 value)
  • Dinner for two (up to a $130 value)
  • Bottle of champagne (a $90 value)
  • Daily fresh fruit (a $40 value)
  • Daily use of fitness facilities (up to a $50 value)

    Total value: up to $1,710

Getting There

  • By plane: about 18 miles (29 km) from Samui International Airport (USM)
  • By shuttle: $33 USD for one-way shuttle transfers from USM

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